First of all, I should probably apologize to all the youth pastors who tried to teach me the Bible and a conservative set of Christian ethics over the years. I feel like I turned out OK, but surely one of those pleasant and well-meaning individuals are going to see the cover of this week's issue and start shaking their head in shame.
Sure, there's an element of deliberate titillation at work with the return of the Tucson Weekly Sex Issue after a lengthy hiatus, but mostly we're just trying to tell some fun and interesting stories. I probably wouldn't have ended up at one of Fluxx's fetish play parties, but I learned a little about what's happening behind closed doors there this week. I can now say I know more than I ever thought I would about the contents of the "Duty Hut" at the infamous Meet Rack. We have a comic referencing mini golf played in bondage gear (I think jokingly, but who knows?) We still have the same news and arts coverage as usual, so we haven't entirely lost our minds, but hopefully you'll find this issue as fun to read as it was to assemble. Barring that outcome, feel free to post something on our Facebook page about how you were offended. That sort of thing seems to be happening more often lately.
On another subject entirely, you might notice that our review of Cup Café running this week (page 41) isn't the Weekly's first. There's a list of restaurants that we haven't reviewed in more than a decade that are still around and thriving, so we're trying to tackle one a month so that you can have an idea of what to expect at these places these days. Menus change, chefs come and go, and we want to provide the best information we can for Tucson diners. If you have a suggestion of a place we should revisit, let me know.
Speaking of restaurants, we're doing something new next week, presenting a beer dinner at Union Public House on Feb. 18. Should be a great time with five courses paired to beers by Sierra Nevada and oysters and short ribs in the mix of ingredients. So, if you've been looking for an opportunity to scold me in person (possible) or tell me what a splendid job I'm doing (less so), call Union at 329-8575 and sign up. I hope to see some of you there.